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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Demanding design delivers delight.

A meaningless jumble that makes more sense the longer you spend with it, the subtitle of this seventh entry in the sprawling Kingdom Hearts series is appropriate in more ways than one. This is an opaque, dense and often brilliant game, but one that doesn't give up its pleasures easily.

Put in a little thought and effort with both title and game, and everything starts to come together. The Dream part of the name refers to the basic concept of this entry, which picks up from the end of last year's Re:coded and leads into Kingdom Hearts 3. At the prompting of wizardly mentor Yen Sid, returning heroes Sora and Riku must complete the Mark of Mastery exam to become true Keyblade Masters. This involves visiting a series of all-new Disney-themed worlds that have been untouched in their previous adventures. This is because these worlds are asleep, and thus disconnected from the rest of the universe. Waking them up is your top priority.

Drop refers to how you travel between these worlds. Gone is the Gummi Ship transport, replaced with a tumble through dimensional portals, gathering stars and defeating enemies as you fall. Drop is also the mechanism by which you swap between Sora and Riku.

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Nomura suggests Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console

Nomura suggests Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console

Asks for patience on Final Fantasy Versus 13 news.

Square Enix designer Tetsuya Nomura has suggested Kingdom Hearts 3 will launch on home console.

The next game in the Disney/Final Fantasy crossover series, Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance, launches for the Nintendo 3DS. Indeed the series has remained steadfast on handhelds since the 2005 release of Kingdom Hearts 2 on PlayStation 2.

But in an interview with Game Informer (via The Silent Chief), Nomura said it was about time Kingdom Hearts had a go on home console again.

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Japan chart: 3DS sales spike thanks to new Kingdom Hearts

Japan chart: 3DS sales spike thanks to new Kingdom Hearts

While Silent Hill HD Collection, Little King's Story Vita tank.

3DS sales saw a significant jump in Japan last week thanks largely to the release of a new entry in Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts action RPG series.

Nintendo's portable sold 121,921 units, compared to 94,011 last week.

It continues to totally dominate the Japanese hardware market - its nearest rival was PlayStation 3 with 23,771 sales. The Vita continues to slum it, but saw a small bump to 12,105, up from 10,302.

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Kingdom Hearts 3D European release date leaks

The Kingdom Hearts 3DS European release date has been leaked.

GimmeGimmeGames noticed Square-Enix's French store listed the 3DS title for release on Friday, 27th July 2012, before the date was changed to a vague "summer 2012". Whoops!

Kingdom Hearts 3D (Dream Drop Distance) is the next instalment in the Square Enix / Disney crossover role-playing series.

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Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance details

Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance details

Includes The World Ends with You characters.

Tongue-twistingly named Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance will include characters from fellow Square Enix role-player The World Ends With You.

Dream Drop Distance, the latest RPG in the Disney and Square Enix mashup series, features DS The World Ends With You heroes Joshua and Beat, according to Japanese magazine V-Jump.

The game also boasts a world based on the Three Musketeers.

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The 3DS games of TGS

Hands-on with Rhythm Thief, Bravely Default, Kingdom Hearts, Rocket Slime 3 and more.

Given the number of delightful oddities that came out of Japan when the DS first launched, it's been rather sad to see such a conservative first wave of 3DS software. With that in mind, not to mention the relative paucity of announcements at E3 a few months back, this year's Tokyo Games Show was an important week for the handheld. Would developers finally step up with some serious support for the system, or would the industry place all its chips on Vita?